College Members are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and awards in order to advance their careers in infection prevention and control. Our members are updated throughout the year with opportunities to apply. We encourage all members to apply for our IPC scholarships and awards.  

Have you initiated a successful infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Cardinal Health want to recognise your excellence! The Cardinal Health 2020 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes. Closing date for all applications is 30th April 2020 
With support from ACIPC, the Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand healthcare professionals with an interest in infection control, to share their successes and innovations in infection control and receive support for further work in this area. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to ultimately enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes. The annual scholarship was established in 2006 and 322 applications have been received and 91 projects funded. A total of A$530,000 has been awarded to date (between A$550-A$15,000 per project) to projects in healthcare associated infection surveillance and management along with support areas including clinical governance, research, training, poster/paper presentations at conferences and post graduate education in the infection control space.

Scholarship Program:
A maximum of AUD $50,000 is available over the period 1 January to 31 December 2020 to be provided for successful scholarship applications.
This funding will be awarded across three categories:
Major Research Project: Awarded to two projects requiring funding up to $15,000 (Total Award = $30,000).
Minor Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $5,000 will be awarded (Total Award = $10,000).
Educational Grant: A total of $10,000 in grants to further educational requests related to infection control.
For successful applicants, the agreed scholarship funding will be paid to the institution where the applicant is employed, to be used specifically for required project activities such as:
1. Direct education for post graduate training, bridging courses and certificate training.
2. Attendance (i.e. registration fees, travel and accommodation costs) for conferences, seminars and study days.
3. The provision of required books, teaching resources and poster presentations.
4. Other agreed specific activities.

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2019 – Successful Projects (Total funds granted: $50,000)

Major Research Project Category:

  1. “Exploring behavioural and physical interactions of passengers and staff within the aircraft-environment during domestic flights: an evidence-based approach to enhance passenger’ safety.” – Professor Ramon Z Shaban, Dr Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo, University of Sydney, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, NSW (Funding granted: $6250)
  2. “Establishing the prevalence of healthcare associated infections in two Australian private hospitals.” – Philip Russo, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, VIC (Funding granted: $15,000)
  3. “Preparing for the next infectious disease emergency using video-reflexive methods.” – Mary Wyer, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, NSW(Funding granted: $15,000)
  4. “Patient perspectives of healthcare associated infection.” – Brett Mitchell, Avondale College of Higher Education, University of Newcastle, NSW(Funding granted: $9,850)

Educational Grant Category:

  1. “Public perception.” – Kaye Bellis, Alfred Health, VIC (Funding granted: $1,700)
  2. “Understanding the Science of Human Factors – A Call to Action.” – Susan Jain, Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW (Funding granted: $2,200)


Applications are now open for the Dr. Joan Faoagali Award – $1000 towards Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course fees 

Dr. Joan Faoagali made a significant contribution to the education of members of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) over many years with her involvement in both State and National Infection Prevention and Control activities.  Joan showed great resilience, tremendous vision, and was a true leader inspiring all those whose lives she touched – working towards achieving something greater than themselves. Her passion and influence was key to the development of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. Joan, whilst battling her cancer made time to write and develop modules for the initial ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. Joan Faoagali was well known in the Australian infection prevention and control community. Joan was particularly interested in the education of clinicians, the prudent use of antibiotics, infection control and the intelligent use of pathology services. Joan was a passionate teacher and service development advocate in both high-level referral centres in Australia and New Zealand and in developing countries including our pacific neighbours. After initially qualifying in Microbiology in Dunedin, Joan was Director of Microbiology at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand and then the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in Queensland. She held multiple adjunct academic appointments, including Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. She will be remembered as a warm generous leader and mentor of students and senior colleagues alike.

The Dr Joan Faoagali award aims to: Recognise the significant and valuable contribution Joan made to infection prevention and control professionals and especially members of the ACIPC. Encourage infection prevention and control practitioners to engage in ongoing learning through the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

Applications close 20th April 2020. Download application form here.

The sponsor of this award and Chair of the Education Committee will evaluate each application.

Selection Criteria:  The applicant must be a current financial member of the ACIP and have enrolled in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. The applicant must be currently employed in an infection prevention and control position and have been employed in such a position for at least one year prior to applying for the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. The applicant is NOT a member/office bearer of the ACIPC Board of Directors, Board Committees or Infection, Disease and Health editorial board.

Applications must include: A brief statement (no more than 500 words) describing the importance of completing the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course; A current brief curriculum vitae highlighting infection prevention and control involvement; Completed Application form. Please note the deadline for applications is COB Monday 20th April 2020. 

Terms and Conditions: Individual applications will be judged on the selection criteria. The recipient will receive AUD$1000.00 in the form of sponsorship to undertake the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

Meet 2019 award recipient Trish Maldigri

Congratulations on receiving the Joan Faoagali Award! What are you most looking forward to studying in the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course? I have to say that all of the modules look like they would extend and consolidate experience and knowledge in my daily work practice. “Surveillance and epidemiology” and “outbreak management” are areas in which I work on a daily basis. I look forward to developing skills and understanding in areas unfamiliar to me. What’s your current IPC role? I am part of a team in the department of Microbiology consisting of doctors, scientists, AMS pharmacist, administrative support and a very competent nurse colleague. Our team manages the day to day operational side of infection prevention and control. In a large paediatric facility the work requirements to maintain, educate, consult and support numerous clinical areas in the practice of infection prevention and control (including isolation precautions, disease management) while promoting infection prevention and control as everyone’s business is what we do every day. How do you see yourself using what you will learn in Foundations in your day to day practice Because I have learned all my skills to manage IPC tasks “on the job” I have always considered study in the specialist area to challenge my experiences and consolidate my skills and knowledge. 2019 is the year that this will commence and I am excited in anticipation of having different insights, information and methods revealed to me that have not be known to me before! I will share new ideas with my team so that I can impart my new knowledge, and together we can review our processes and examine and seek opportunities to implement new and improved ways of approaching problem solving infection prevention and control within our hospital setting. Will you apply to become a credentialed IPC after completing Foundations? When I complete the course I am definitely going to apply to become a credentialed IPC. I believe that credentialing is the best way to recognise successful knowledge attainment and is a perfect measure of skill and experience in Australasia among the IPC specialty.

Elaine Graham Robertson Award

The Elaine Graham Robertson Award is presented at the Annual Conference - having commenced in the ACT Branch of AICA. The award is the result of a gift from Elaine Graham Robertson – a pioneer infection control professional in the ACT and funds that were previously provided by the ACT Infection Control Association.

Background Elaine Graham Robertson became the first full time Infection Control Practitioner at Woden Valley Hospital (now The Canberra Hospital) in 1983 and remained in that position until her marriage to Paul Robertson and their move to Wollongong in 1999. She became an Infection Control Consultant in the Illawarra and southern Sydney until her retirement and a move to Brisbane in 2004. In 1985 Elaine chaired the inaugural meeting of the Infection Control Association ACT (ICA ACT) and also in 1985 she was a member of the group that formed the Australian Infection Control Association (AICA). In 1987 she was convener for the first AICA conference held in Canberra and co-ordinated the writing of the first Infection Control Manual for the ACT. In 2004 Elaine drafted three sections of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Infection Control Guidelines (2004). She has held Executive positions in ICA ACT and AICA. With others, she has been involved in research involving endoscopes. Elaine completed writing the History of AICA – The First Ten Years. Until her retirement she was a member of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and is a Fellow of ICA NSW as well as a Life Member of AICA/ACIPC. It is in Elaine’s honour and to perpetuate her ideals that this award was established in 2005 by ICA ACT. Purpose The Award has the following aims : Recognise Elaine’s many years of valuable contribution to infection control in the ACT and nationally. Reward excellence in infection control either by research or significant contribution to infection prevention and management practices within the recipient’s hospital or community by the way of an oral abstract presentation at the annual conference.
The next Elaine Graham Robertson Award will be awarded at the 2020 ACIPC Annual Conference.

Previous Recipients

Jennifer Broom - 2019
Sue Borell – 2015
Sue van Der Graaf - 2010
Brett Mitchell - 2018 
Debra Rhodes – 2013
Marija Juraja – 2008
Kostas Tsattalios - 2017
Brett Mitchell - 2012
Cathryn Murphy - 2006
2019 Award Wining Posters

Best poster Judged by a panel was awarded to Dr Mary Wyer for Evaluating video-reflexive methods to improve infection prevention and use of personal protective equipment in Australian hospitals.
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At the recent ACIPC Conference Best Poster, delegate’s choice was awarded to Kareena Johnson for A Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) or two, a retrospective review. Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.
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Certificate of Commendation was awarded to Dr Maya Pillai for Quality Initiative Program to Reduce Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection In A Quaternary Care Hospital in India. The award was given due to the posters impressive impact on patient safety.
Posters will be featured on the ACIPC website.
2019 EGR award –
A/Prof Jennifer Broom was awarded the Elaine Graham Robertson Award for Best Oral Presentation (Free Papers) for The drivers of antimicrobial use across institutions, stakeholders and economic settings: A paradigm shift is required for effective optimisation.
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The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control is the highest honour of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control in recognition of the College’s Inaugural President, Ms Claire Boardman,  and her leadership in establishing the College. It is bestowed upon a member of the College who demonstrates outstanding commitment to, the leadership of, the profession and practice of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. The award is biennial and offered in perpetuity from 2014, and includes; The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control, Entry onto the Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control Memorial Trophy; and $1000 prize money. 

The next Claire Boardman CICP Medal will be awarded at the 2020 ACIPC Annual Conference.

Past Recipients: Anne Wells – 2018   Glenys Harrington – 2016

Claire Boardman Medal Nomination Form 

Award Rules
  • The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control shall be a biennial award offered in perpetuity from 2014
  • A Selection Panel will be appointed by the ACIPC Board comprising the Chair as Censor-in-Chief, Ms Claire Boardman, and 2 external panel members one of whom is an experienced ICP
  • The Award is bestowed upon an individual by the Board of the College on the recommendation of the Censor-in-Chief of the award, Ms Claire Boardman, via the Selection Panel
  • The award will only be made where the Censor makes a recommendation to the Board where a suitable nomination is received and deemed appropriate. The Censor-in-Chief and Board of the College may elect to not bestow the award in any given year. The decision of the Censor-in-Chief and the Board of the College is final
  • The Medal will be announced at the ACIPC Annual Conference.
Entry Criteria

Nominations must address the following selection criteria:

  1. Demonstrate excellence in leadership in infection prevention and control practice over a consistent period. Leaders may have implemented change within their group, their peers or organisation that has altered the way people think and perform. They may have overcome significant difficulty or adversity to achieve excellent outcomes within the profession or for their organisation. By setting an example through their leadership and drive the nominee may have worked toward improving patient care, health systems, governance or knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate outstanding commitment to the leadership of the profession and discipline of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control;
  3. Demonstrated excellence in commitment to promoting infection prevention and control practice widely;
  4. The nominee must at time of nomination be a current financial member of ACIPC;
  5. The nominee (or delegate) must register and attend the ACIPC Annual Conference.
Application Process
  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party. Please advise if the nominee is aware or not aware of their nomination at the time of submission
  • Entry forms & templates can be downloaded from the ACIPC website
  • Nominations must be submitted by emailing and address all entry criteria.
  • Completed nominations must be received by the close of business TBC. Nominations received after the closing date or those that do not address the entry criteria will be excluded from selection.
  • All nominations are confidential and the decision of the Selection Panel and Board is final.

About Claire Boardman Deputy Director, RHDAustralia Masters of Public Health, University of Melbourne, 2005, Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Monash University, 1991, Graduate Diploma in Infection Control, University of Western Sydney, 1995. 

Claire has worked in both public and private health sectors and in February 2013 was appointed as Deputy Director, RHDAustralia based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where she worked with jurisdictions and Indigenous communities to improve healthcare outcomes for those affected by acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Prior to this appointment Claire was privileged to be working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities in public health and infection prevention and control in the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland. In her public health capacity Claire has worked in complex disaster and developing nation settings and has a strong ongoing interest in healthcare economics and Indigenous health issues. Claire has held a number of state and national appointments including President of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) and member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Standing Committee, a statutory committee of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPC). Claire has held senior academic appointments at Griffith, James Cook and Melbourne Universities. In 2013 she won one of four prestigious Council of Executive Women Scholarships to attend the Australian Graduate School of Management Women in Leadership course at UNSW that has assisted her in developing her leadership skills and executive presence, In 2014 Claire was a Northern Territory finalist for the Australian of the Year Awards. Claire is committed to addressing social inequities and disadvantage experienced in rural and remote settings and at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of CRANAPlus Claire was elected as a Board Member (Council of Remote Area Nurses Australia), where she also serves on the CRANA Governance Subcommittee.